Web Design Syllabus

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There are two primary aspects to this course. The first is learning how to build websites and prepare the various elements that comprise them. The second is understanding the concepts behind computers in general and the World Wide Web in particular.

Lecture Topics

  • Computer principles
  • Unix command line
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • HTML & CSS frameworks
  • Design and wireframing
  • Responsive web design
  • Animation
  • Digital image editing
  • Digital audio and video
  • jQuery for non-programmers
  • Web hosting and domain names


You will receive a grade calculated mechanically on the following rubric.

  • Assignments: 40%
  • Midterm Exam: 25%
  • Final Exam: 35%

Required Textbook

Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics, 5th Edition
Jennifer Robbins
ISBN: 978-1-491-96020-2

Getting help

Help resources available to you are listed in order of “seriousness” of your problem:

Frequently asked questions

Many practical questions are answered in the Student FAQ. Please check there first.


Our course uses Slack as its main communication channel for announcements and discussion. This is a good place to ask questions that anyone - other students, graders, tutors, or the professor - can answer.


Tutors for this course are waiting to answer your questions at the Laguardia Co-op, located at 541 LaGuardia Pl. If you can't find the tutors, please ask at the reception desk.

Tutoring hours:


  • 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (Deanna)
  • 1:30–4:00 p.m. (Andrii)
  • 4:00–5:00 p.m. (Teddy)
  • 6:30–10:00 p.m. (Sophie)


  • 12:30–2:30 p.m. (Teddy)
  • 2:30–5:00 p.m. (Sammi)
  • 5:00–7:00 p.m. (Maya)


  • 10:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (Deanna)
  • 2:30–3:30 p.m. (Maya)
  • 3:30–5:30 p.m. (Teddy)
  • 5:30–8:00 p.m. (Sammi)


  • 12:30–2:30 p.m. (Deanna)
  • 2:30–5:00 p.m. (Andrii)
  • 5:00–7:00 p.m. (Maya)


  • 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (Deanna)
  • 1:30–3:00 p.m. (Sophie)

Additional tutoring resources

Academic support is also available through the University Learning Center.

Talk with the professor

  1. see me before class
  2. raise your hand during class
  3. see me after class
  4. come to my open office hours

i6 Account

In addition to your NYU Home Account, we will be using a special computer account on a Unix Web server named i6.cims.nyu.edu which will be assigned to you automatically based on your enrollment. This is called an i6 account and we will use it to host our websites.

  • Common questions about i6 accounts are answered on this FAQ page.
  • If you forget your i6 password and would like to reset it, go to this page for instructions on how to do so.
  • If you do not receive notification that an account has been created for you, check your spam, and try to reset your password using the link above.

Required software and hardware

Macintosh computers with all of the necessary software installed are available to you in the ITS labs. You do not need your own computer nor do you need to purchase any software. However, you will be learning how to use various programs and may wish to have access to them at home or on your laptop. In this case, you must purchase your own license or use a trial version, which is sometimes available from the publisher. You can download software provided by ITS to all students, including SFTP programs, by going to the ITS software page.

Using the Computer Labs

The main computer lab to use for this class is the LaGuardia Co-op, located at 541 LaGuardia Place. There are other labs on campus, but this is also where tutors will be available to meet with you.

Saving Your Work in the Lab

You will be able to save your work in the ITS labs under your NYU Home Account and/or on your own flash drives. Although you can write to the hard disks of the machines in the labs, you cannot be sure that you will have access to the same machine the next time you enter the lab and the drives in the lab are frequently erased. A good option is to upload your files online and download them as needed.



Submit assignments by sending them in an direct message to the graders in Slack

  • Include a message with your name and the name of the assignment
  • include a link to your assignment published online - all assignments must be published online unless otherwise noted
  • include all files as a single zip file... If you are not familiar with naming files and creating zip files, see the tutors.
  • unless you have good reason to do otherwise, follow best-practices for all basic file names and file extensions

Late penalty

  • assignments are due before class on the due date indicated on the schedule
  • for every 24 hours that an assignment is late, we will apply a 10% penalty on the grade, up to a maximum penalty of 30%.
  • after 72 hours, we will no longer accept the assignment.


  • You are automatically granted 2 late assignment extensions of up to 1 week late each, with the exception that all assignments must be submitted before the final exam date.
  • When submitting an assignment for which you would like to use one of these automatic extensions, you must notify the grader that you are using the extension, otherwise your assignment will be rejected.
  • Do not ask for any extensions from the professor


  • If a student requests a regrade of an assignment or exam, we will regrade the work in full, not just the part that the student believes has been mis-graded.